The City Paper had a great interview with chef Joe Cicala, the man with the plan for Brigantessa, the brick-oven Italian joint planned for the former Karina’s at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.
Cicala — also the chef at Le Virtu, whose owners are partners in the new venture — completed a 10-day pizza certification course in Naples, Italy, but ended up having a run-in with the law.
Says the City Paper:
With no documents to prove that he was, in fact, in Napoli to master the art of Neapolitan pizza, Cicala was arrested and handcuffed to a park bench.
Long story short, he did not go to prison, but the story is worth a read anyway (find it here). It’s enticing more for the preview of the restaurant, of course.
Brigantessa is scheduled to open in early September with a selection of antipasti, pasta, pizza and entrees cooked in that huge oven from — naturally — Naples.